Every Thursday, Little Havana’s most happening spot- Ball & Chain– hosts free salsa lessons at 9pm. Enjoy craft cocktails & tapas while listening to local jazz musicians perform on their outdoor stage from 6pm until 10pm. Happy hour runs from 4pm t0 7pm; so after a few cocktails head on inside and take the stage for a complimentary salsa class.
The Ball & Chain bar and nightspot and the building it occupies offers a history as colorful and as fascinating as any structure on that portion of Calle Ocho, an area increasingly considered to be the center of Little Havana.
The building hosting the Ball & Chain, at 1513 Southwest Eighth Street, was completed in the early 1930s, a time when construction in most areas of Depression-era America was at a standstill. But Miami fared better than many other cities because of its appeal as a tourist center and as an emerging commercial aviation capital. Miami’s appeal included a robust nightlife with clubs dotting downtown and Biscayne Boulevard, as well as Miami Beach and even other vibrant neighborhoods like Allapattah in the northwest sector of the City of Miami. These clubs often featured live music.
Read more about the building’s vibrant history here.